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UN Rights Council Cuts Russian Envoy's Microphone Mid-Speech at Aleppo Session

© REUTERS / Abdalrhman IsmailA man walks past damaged buildings in the rebel held besieged al-Sukkari neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria October 19, 2016.
A man walks past damaged buildings in the rebel held besieged al-Sukkari neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria October 19, 2016. - Sputnik International
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The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) cut off Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva Alexei Borodavkin's microphone in the middle of his speech Friday.

Terrorist-controlled eastern Aleppo districts as seen from the city's Citadel. (File) - Sputnik International
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GENEVA (Sputnik) — Prior to being interrupted, Borodavkin criticized the special UNHRC session on Aleppo called by the United Kingdom for ignoring the extended humanitarian pause in Aleppo and for aiming to protect terrorists.

"We have to state that both the session and the draft are a part of information war which essentially aims to justify jihadists and their actions," Borodavkin said during the session.

The HRC President repeatedly called on Borodavkin to finish before turning off his microphone without warning.

A "humanitarian pause" was introduced in Aleppo at 08:00 local time (05:00 GMT) on Thursday to ensure the safe evacuation of unarmed militants, and civilians from eastern Aleppo via eight designated corridors. Later, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that Moscow had decided to extend the humanitarian pause in Aleppo for another 24 hours.

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